2 bikers killed on Khulna-Dhaka highway after being hit by unidentified vehicle

Two youths were killed as an unidentified vehicle mowed them with their motorcycle in the Kakdanga area of Fakirhat upazila on the Khulna-Dhaka highway Wednesday, police said.

The deceased were identified as Shakir Sardar, 20, of Kakdanga village, and Sadik, 20, of the same area.

The accident occurred in the afternoon as Shakir and Sadik were going to Rupsha to attend a wedding, Md Alimuzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Fakirhat Police Station, said. “The vehicle ran over them and did not stop.”

Shakir and Sadik died from the impact of the crash, the OC added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

BCB announces search for new assistant coach for Tigers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced its search for a new assistant coach for the national cricket team.

BCB President Nazmul Hasan said they are expecting applications from local coaches as well.

The BCB recently appointed Chandika Hathurusinghe as the head coach of the Bangladesh team for the second time, following his initial tenure from 2014 to 2017.

After confirming Hathurusinghe’s appointment, the BCB has been actively searching for an assistant coach.

“We have been looking for an assistant to Chandika,” Nazmul told the media on Wednesday. “We have issued a notice. And we encourage local coaches to apply for this post. We really want someone from the local coaching community to take up this role.”

The BCB will assign a local coach for other posts if it does not find a suitable assistant coach from local applicants, Nazmul said.

Hathurusinghe, who spoke to the media for the first time in his second stint as the national team coach of Bangladesh, said he is looking forward to developing a game plan that will suit the Bangladesh team better.

The 54-year-old coach also acknowledged that the Bangladesh team has demonstrated their strength in ODIs over the years, but still need to improve their performance in longer and shorter versions.

During Hathurusinghe’s first tenure, the Bangladesh team achieved historic success in ODIs, including a memorable victory against England in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and successful home series against Pakistan, India, and South Africa.

In the same period, Bangladesh also registered Test wins against England and Australia at home.

The Bangladesh team is currently gearing up to face England in a home series that comprises three ODIs and three T20Is, scheduled to begin on March 1 in Dhaka.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh to participate in this year’s SAFF U-19, U-16 championships

Bangladesh will participate in this year’s South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-19 and Under-16 championships.

The SAFF U-19 Championship will be held in Nepal from July 7-17; the SAFF U-16 Championship is scheduled to be held in Bhutan from September 1-11 this year.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Development Committee Wednesday at the BFF Board Room, presided by BFF Vice-President and Committee Chairman Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik.

Apart from participating in the competition, the committee decided to arrange some preparatory matches for both teams.

The meeting also decided to renew the contract of 13 trainers and technical staff of the development committee for 2023.


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SUST temporarily suspends 5 students for harassing first year student

The authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet on Wednesday decided to suspend its five students for harassing a first year student in the name of ragging.

Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed, vice chancellor of the SUST, confirmed the news saying that they took the decision to suspend the students and cancel their seats at the dormitory after the allegations of ragging were found to be primarily true.

Apart from this, a five-member committee was formed to investigate the allegations and asked to submit its report within the next five days, he said.

The committee included Business Administration faculty Dean Prof Dr Khairul Islam, Business Administration Department Head Prof Dr Majharul Hasan, Syed Mujtaba Ali Hall Provost Prof Dr Abu Sayed Arfin Khan Nobel, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall Provost Moniruzzamana and Assistant Proctor Mizanur Rahman.

A group of students of the Business Administration faculty harassed the first year student in room No.111 of the Syed Mujtaba Ali Hall on January 20.


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Bangladesh needs technological cooperation for promotion of solar power: Nasrul

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said Bangladesh needs technological cooperation for the promotion of its solar power.

He said this as the director general of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Ajay Mathur called on him in the capital Wednesday.

The state minister and the ISA chief discussed various issues on the development of solar power across Bangladesh.

Nasrul said Bangladesh has taken initiatives to expand the solar-run irrigation system across the country.

“We need investment to install floating solar power plants. There is a huge scope to set up solar plants at the airports and work together to promote the rooftop solar system,” he said.

Bangladesh introduced the Net Metering Guidelines 2018 to promote the rooftop solar system, the state minister added.

The ISA chief said solar power could be promoted through a coordinated effort. “Investment in the solar power sector could be expedited through policy support.”

Also, Ajay assured of continuous cooperation of the ISA for the promotion of the solar power system.


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BGB seize gold bars worth Tk3.86 crore in smuggling bid to India

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday foiled a gold smuggling bid to India through Rudrapur frontier under Sharsha upazila of Jashore district and seized 35 pieces of gold bars worth around Tk 4 crore.

The paramilitary force also arrested two smugglers in connection with the gold smuggling incident.

The arrestees were identified as Md Yakub Ali, 32, and Md Atiar, 42.

Sources at the BGB 21 battalion (Khulna battalion) headquarters said based on secret information, a special patrol team of the battalion was deployed at Bilpara of village Rodrapur on the frontier. At one stage, the BGB team members saw two from a private car and another two persons from motorbikes joined together at Bilpara.

As the BGB patrol team suspected the four people, they chased them. At that time, two people ran away after realising the presence of the BGB patrol. The BGB patrol arrested two others, said commanding officer of the battalion Lt. Col. Mohammad Tanveer Rahman

After searching the private car, the BGB members recovered 35 pieces of gold bars weighing 4.089 kg, wrapped with tape in the AC filter box inside the glove compartment of the private car. The estimated value of the recovered gold is more than Tk 3.86 crore. . Later, the BGB patrol team also seized the private car and one motorcycle used in gold smuggling from the spot, he added.

During primary interrogation, they revealed that they wanted to smuggle the gold consignment to India through Rudrap[ur frontier, the CO of BGB-21 battalion.


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Athletics Federation awards Asian Indoor Athletics gold medalist Imranur with Tk10 lakh

The Bangladesh Athletics Federation awarded Asian Indoor Athletics fastest man and gold medalist Imranur Rahman with Tk10 lakh at a ceremony at the National Sports Council in the capital Wednesday.

Bangladesh Athletics Federation President and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister M Tofazzel Hossain Miah handed over a cheque of Tk10 lakh along with a crest to the England-based Bangladesh-origin athlete.

Imranur clinched the gold medal, the first by any Bangladeshi athlete at the Asian level from the men’s 60-metre sprint of the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, in Kazakhstan on February 11.

The athlete, also two times the fastest man in Bangladesh since his first appearance in the country’s athletics last year, brought laurel for the country within one year by clinching the 60-metre sprint gold medal.

The 29-year-old sprinter won the medal with a record timing of 6.59 seconds.

Earlier, Imranur took 6.70 seconds in the heat to qualify for the semifinals and displayed an improved timing of 6.61 seconds to move into the final as the second-best on photo finish.

In the event’s final, Imranur further improved his best timing of 6.59 seconds.

Imranur’s previous best timing at the event was 6.64 seconds, which he made at the World Indoor Athletics in Belgrade in 2022.


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2 poachers sentenced to 1 yr for killing 600 birds in Rajshahi

A mobile court in Rajshahi sentenced two poachers to one year in jail for killing at least 600 birds in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi.

Police arrested them with 600 slaughtered birds of different species from the Kakramari Patir Bil area on Wednesday.

The convicted poachers are Abu Bakar Siddiki, 55, and Firoz Hossain, 32.

Tipped off, a team from Charghat police station raided that area and arrested them, said UNO Sohrab Hossain.

According to police, the poachers killed the birds to sell in local hotels and restaurants.

‘They were sentenced to one year and fined TK 1 thousand as per the ‘Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act- 2012′. They were sent to jail,’ said the UNO.

The dead birds were sent to a local orphanage.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Final round of Sheikh Kamal 2nd Bangladesh Youth Games begins Sunday

The final phase of the Sheikh Kamal 2nd Bangladesh Youth Games’ 2023 will be held in the capital from February 26 to March 4 at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Banani,

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the week-long final phase of the meet Sunday (February 26) evening at 7 pm.

President of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed will be the chief guest at the closing function on March 4 at 4:30 pm.

4000 (Under-17) promising athletes, who are qualified from the divisional level competitions of the meet, will take part in the week-long for 193 gold, 193 silver and 287 bronze medals.

Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shaheed Reza disclosed this at a press conference at the Dutch Bangladesh Auditorium of BOA on Wednesday.

Chairman of the Games media and publicity committee Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Mamun, Games Chief Co Ordinator Brigadier General Mohammad Ashrafuzzman Siddiqui, Member Secretary of the Games Steering Committee Ashiqur Rahman Miku, among others, were present on the occasion.

Earlier, an Organizing Committee was formed with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Chief Patron, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal as the Chairman, State Minister for Youth and Sports M Zahid Ahsan Russel and BOA President and Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed as Co-chairman.

The first phase of the countrywide three-tier competition was initially held in 64 districts with the participation of the sportspersons from upazila level and in the 2nd stage, the qualified sportspersons of the districts took part in the divisional level competitions ahead of the final phase of national-level meet.

The first Bangladesh Youth Games was held in 2018 where 50,000 sportspersons and officials participated in the 21 disciplines of sports.

Some 60,000 sportsperson and officials involved in 24 disciplines of sports of the three-phase 2nd version of the Bangladesh Youth Games.


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BSMMU patients can now pay bills through Nagad

Patients at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) can now pay bills through mobile financial services provider (MFS) Nagad.

Nagad Executive Director Shafayet Alam and BSMMU Treasurer Dr Mohammed Atiqur Rahman recently signed an agreement in this connection.

BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr AKM Mosharraf Hossain were also present.

Sharfuddin said: “We provide treatment 24 hours a day. So, during evening hours, we need to accept treatment fees in cash due to the closure of banks. Following the agreement with Nagad, all transactions can now be made digitally using the MFS.”

Shafayet said: “Patients coming to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for treatment can now quickly pay bills using Nagad without having to wait in queues, which will reduce the pressure in front of cash counters and eventually improve the quality of service.”


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Dhaka seeks detailed report from its ambassador in Moscow

Bangladesh has sought a detailed report from its ambassador in Moscow to know what exactly was discussed with the Russian foreign ministry.

“We sought a detailed report from our ambassador. We are going to analyse what was discussed,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Kamrul Ahsan was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry following Bangladesh’s decision to ban Russian ships (sanctioned) from calling at Bangladeshi ports, reported Russia’s state-owned news agency TASS on Tuesday.

Shahriar said they came to know that many other bilateral issues were discussed, not just a specific issue.

He said: “You know a complex situation has been created amid the Ukraine-Russia war.”

“Bangladesh maintained its position in terms of voting patterns in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and there will be another resolution in the GA. We are considering it. But we will let you know officially tomorrow (Thursday) regarding yesterday’s meeting in Moscow,” Shahriar added.

“We drew the attention of the head of the diplomatic mission to the reports about the decision of his country’s authorities to ban Russian ships carrying cargoes for Bangladesh from calling at Bangladeshi ports,” the Russian agency reported quoting the Russian foreign ministry.

“This step runs counter to the traditionally friendly character of bilateral relations and can have a negative effect on the prospects for our cooperation in various spheres.”

Last week, the Russian Embassy in Dhaka told TASS that 69 Russian ships (sanctioned) had been barred from calling at Bangladeshi ports.

However, according to the embassy, this step did not mean that Bangladesh had banned imports of Russian goods.

Later, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Bangladesh had made this decision under the threat of US secondary sanctions, according to a TASS report.

In January, Bangladesh told the Russian side that they could send any ship, except the sanctioned ones, carrying equipment for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

Bangladesh hoped that Russia would now send non-sanctioned ships carrying the required materials.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

VC’s leaked audio clips: IU postpones two recruitment boards

The authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia on Wednesday night postponed recruitment boards of its transport office and engineering office as several audio clips of conversations between its vice-chancellor and a job seeker went viral on Facebook.

The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the university administration with IU vice-chancellor Shaikh Abdus Salam in the chair, said a press release, signed by IU information, publication and public relations office deputy registrar Rashiduzzaman Khan Tutul amid protests of the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League for the removal of the vice-chancellor.

A total of eight audio conversations between VC Salam and a job seeker went viral on the social media from Thursday night.

The recruitment meeting for IU transport office is scheduled to be held on March 4 and 5 and for the engineering office is scheduled to be held on March 11. But the procedures have been postponed after the scam.

IU acting registrar HM Ali Hasan told UNB that they postponed the recruitment boards due to unavoidable reasons and the date and time for the boards would be informed later.

Earlier, the university authorities on Sunday postponed the recruitment tests for medical officer scheduled for today, physical education and sports science department scheduled for February 22 and the mass communication and journalism department scheduled for February 22 as three audio clips of the conversations between the vice-chancellor and a job seeker for journalism department had gone viral.


Source: United News of Bangladesh